The end of an era.
15, 1956, General Magloire chose to violate the
Constitution by refusing to step down as president.
This decision met with severe opposition from many sectors
of the population. In early December 1956, a general
strike paralyzed the country. The political atmosphere
was overly excited; the country was ready to explode.
General Magloire, in an attempt to appease the opposi-tion,
decided to step down as president but to remain as General
in chief of the Army. This move did not help the situation,
which in fact got worse.
To restore peace, high-ranking members of his Army,
Col. Paul Corvington in particular, asked him to leave
the country. Dec 6, 1956 Magloire and several members
of his family and staff, left from Bowen Field airport
into exile. It was reported that, upon departing, Magloire
commented that the country he was leaving was a cigar
lit on both ends.
On that day Dec 6, Colonel Clermont, a retired officer,
joined the hundreds of civilians gathered in front of
the National Prison to witness the release of political
prisoners, including one of the prominent candidates
for the presidency, Louis Dejoie.
altercation between a soldier and a pregnant woman that
Colonel Clermont tried to protect ended with the death
of the soldier.
A squad from the police depart-ment was dispatched to
Clermont's residence at Ruelle Clermont for his arrest.
Colonel Clermont argued that officers at a rank lower
than his were not authorized to arrest him. From the bottom
of the stairs where he was talking to Clermont who had
barricaded himself and his family on the second floor,
Officer Alix Jean was shot in the back by one of his squad
members. In the exchange of fire that ensued, Officer
Lanor Augustin who accompanied Alix Jean also got killed.
The Clermont family abandoned their position and fled
in the police vehicle that was originally used by the
Subsequently, Officer Daniel Beauvoir set the house on
fire. The matter was eventually settled, thus allowing
Clermont to continue his life of retirement peacefully
for several years.
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